This Sunday will be the inaugaral Film Society Sundays screening of Noah Baumbach’s 1995 film Kicking and Screaming. Film Society Sundays will become a weekly installment for those interested in seeing movies on the big screen not shown on Free Friday Films or in the Hirschfield Film Series. A new, unaffiliated group on campus, this Sunday hopes to gauge interest for those interested in screening, discussing, and enjoying films in an intimate, informal community setting. If this concept interests you, please email middbeat[AT]gmail[DOT]com, and join us in Axinn 232 at 7 PM on Sunday. See after the jump for more information about the film.
The first time I met Nick Bachman ’15 was during a stereotypical, beer-infused college darty (a “darty” is a day party, for those of you unfamiliar with the term). As the party came to a close around 6 PM, Nick and I found ourselves to be some of the last stragglers not quite ready for closing time. For some odd reason (perhaps it was the irrational amount of beer in my system), I invited this new acquaintance and his friends to my house to keep the party going. We ended up listening to some of my records and as I put on vinyl after vinyl, I was impressed by Nick’s wealth of knowledge and interest in each album. Since then, a shared affinity for music has made what could have been a one-time drunken encounter into a friendship.
Nick doesn’t discriminate when it comes to genre – he just enjoys listening to music “where you know the band members are having a good time. Often, the sensation is infectious and you can’t help but smiling and sharing in the groove.” Though he doesn’t play in any musical group here at Midd, he enjoys noodling around on his guitar and listening to as much music as he can fit into a day. Nick writes in about his playlist:
At the end of last spring semester I departed West with a couple of my fellow peers. At the end of June, I caught a flight to Australia and then to New Zealand’s South Island to continue my academic pursuits abroad at the University of Otago. Dunedin, New Zealand isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis. To fill our time down there a few of us would often congregate at our friend’s flat that had a good sound system, make a stir fry, and take turns choosing tracks to play over the speakers. Looking back, I realize that this time spent listening to music is when all of us really got to know each other.
Any student who has been abroad in an unfamiliar place, particularly in countries where music steeps into every aspect of the culture, knows how much music can truly bring people together. This playlist consists of songs shared with Nick by friends abroad, songs they discovered together, and some that reflect his personal music taste.
Here’s what Nick had to say about some of his favorite songs on the playlist:
If you haven’t heard, Atwater Dining Hall becomes a student-run restaurant on three Friday evenings each Month. The Head Chef of Dolci this week is Tony Shu ’14, bringing us a gourmet New York themed meal FOR FREE.
As you can imagine, there are a limited number of tickets available so getting on is very competitive. To enter the ticket lottery, sign up online tonight at 9 pm sharp. To clarify, tickets are available tonight, the dinner itself is FRIDAY.
From the organizers: If you sign up within the first 2 minutes your name will be entered into a lottery. If you get tickets, you will hear from us with 24 hours. If not, better luck next time. Remember that if you get tickets, they must be used – it’s really not fun to leave seat empty.
From me: Perfect opportunity for a first date. Low pressure situation, free, delicious, and memorable. If you are lucky enough to get tickets, you’ll get two!
UPDATE: We have a drumset and a fancy board set up. If you are in a band and want to play this would be a good time to come.
Don’t forget to come to the Gamut Room tonight at 9pm for another night of open mic performances and delicious food. If you haven’t heard by now, the WOMP packs some serious heat. Last week, in addition to the sultry sounds of Milk Chocolate, over 18 performers stepped up to the mic to share their talents. So make sure you stop by, eat a crepe and check out some live music, stand up comedy, spoken word and more!
This week features a performance by the mythological rock gods Icarus and the Wax Wings.
Be prepared for special guests.
Also shout out to Maxim Eingorn ’14 - its his 22nd birthday.
If you’re reading this on your phone, continue reading. Here’s some info from Sydney Sanders ’16 about an awesome event she organized for tomorrow:
A few weeks ago my friend Sophia Miller ’16 randomly thought that it would be a fun challenge for our friends to try to go a day without cellphones. It seemed to us that the people around us are easily distracted from real connections and conversations because of our phones.
I thought it would be awesome to extend the challenge to as many people at Middlebury as possible. I love the idea of walking into Proctor, not having to text a friend about lunch plans, and just randomly sitting down with new people, or reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while. Walking through campus everyone would be ‘present’ enough to say hi, and not be distracted by technology.
It’s simple – this Wednesday, March 5, turn off your phone for the day! Check out the Facebook event for more details and commit to trying it out. One day without you phone won’t kill you, I promise.
Sydney also had the idea to connect this event with UNICEF’s Tap Project challenge. With this app, UNICEF will donate one day worth of clean water to a child in need for every 10 minutes you go without touching your phone. This sounds like an easy thing to do any day, not just Wednesday.
Spread the word and remember: Go Phone-Free Wednesday March 5th!
This is huge. I’ve heard people talking about the need for something like this since I arrived on campus way back in the day. Now it’s here! Middbites is your one and only source (besides middbeat, of course) to check everything dining hall related. The interface is beautiful and easy to use, making daily menu browsing and recipe sharing easier. My favorite part are the tags – search recipes based on meal, type of dish, food descriptor, health & diet, random, timing, season, or world cuisine. You can also search for recipes that use the ingredients available at any given meal.
Forget go/menu and start checking go/menuz. Looks great on your phone.
Don’t forget to submit your own recipes, whether they’re simple or extravagant.
Here’s a word from Middbites creator, Jeremy Ho ’14:
Do you like food? Do you like culture? Of course you do – so get excited for Food and Globalization Week! The International Student Organization has teamed up with different academic departments and student groups to bring you a week filled with tons of fun events (hello, gyoza making workshop) and, of course, food. Here’s the full schedule – keep an eye out for Wednesday’s dessert night.
There’s stuff going on every day this week, continue reading for the full schedule including tons of free goodies! FREE FOOD EVERY DAY. If that’s not enough to get you excited, I don’t know what is.
Besides all the food, there are some cool lectures and discussions anyone can attend. Today (Tuesday) there’s a discussion at 4:30 in the RAJ Conference room about globalization and it’s effect on the food we eat. Next Tuesday, also at 4:30, you should stop by Hillcrest to hear UVM Professor Teresa Mares speak about Hispanic farmworkers and Vermont’s dairy farms. Take a look at the schedule below to see everything else that’s going on.
Professor Rula Quawas will be presenting tomorrow on her experience teaching Feminist Theory at the University of Jordan in her talk titled, Voices of Young Jordanian Women: Speaking the Unspeakable. Professor Quawas was removed from her position as Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan, a Middlebury School Abroad, after she helped students produce and publish a video on sexual harassment at the University.
When: Tuesday, March 4th from 12:30-1:45 PM Where: Mitchell Green Lounge Lunch will be served
This coming fall, Middlebury will host it’s fifth annual TEDx conference. Those of you who have been to past events know to save the date, and do everything in their power to get tickets, and for those who haven’t been yet, prepare to do the same. Although it seems far off, planning for the event has already begun, and the organizers are looking for more people like you to join in the task force to make this fall yet another fantastic event. The deadline for applications is March 16th and you can apply here. Event organizer Amanda Wiggans ’14.5 writes in:
Want to plan the TEDx event on campus with a bunch of other rad
people? The TEDxMiddlebury Board is now accepting applications for
board members…deadline March 16th. Applications available at the TEDxMiddlebury site.
If you don’t know what TEDx is, read on. If you do and want to get involved, send in an application, and help build what will surely be another memorable event.